ImagePaint CNCs Pro contains all features in ImagePaint Production Pro to work with a laser, plus a Smart G-Code interface to work with a CNC router.
The toolpaths are generated using advanced algorithm to assure each and every cut will fit together perfectly to produce the highest quality product, in the shortest amount of time. As a result, users can see and make changes to the design before it is built, effectively; allowing designers to take full advantage of the colors and textures in the material during the creative design stage, and for the first time, to visualize the finished product before materials are cut.
This palette is similar to Illustrator's color palette, but it contains image swatch instead of regular color. To paint shapes with an image, select the shapes and click on an image swatch in the Image Swatch Palette.
The selected Image Swatches in the Image Palette can be named and saved as a library to a folder. Once saved, this library can be opened to fill the Image Palette with the saved Image Swatches.
This tool is similar to Illustrator's Eyedropper Tool but work with images instead of regular color. To paint shapes with an image filled in another shape, select the shapes and click on a painted shape.
This feature allows quick image rotation within painted shapes. The preset angles of rotation are +/- 45 degrees and +/- 180 degrees.
These functions expand Illustrator's basic art object arranging/reordering functions (bring to front, bring to back etc.) to save time when arranging or reordering art objects.
"Clip" means paint shape with image and "Unclip" means remove image from shape. These functions expand Illustrator's basic clip/unclip functions to simplify the task of painting shapes with images or removing images from shapes.
Before taking the design to production, the Verification Palette detects and displays potential design errors that can cause costly mistakes during the production phase.
The Toolpath Generator takes a finished vector design and automatically converts all shapes in the design to toolpaths. With a single mouse click, all shapes on a selected sheet of material are duplicated and converted to toolpaths for cutting with a laser or a CNC router.
Operating a CNC router can be a daunting task. You have to know what CNC settings are appropriate for a given material and what tools to use for a given task. The Preset Database, the Material Database and the Tool Database are all linked together to automatically determine the correct CNC settings and display them on the SmartGcode panel.
ImagePaint now supports CNC routers via its SmartGcode panel and CNC Tools panel. Marquetry and inlay has never been easier! Simply select a scanned JPEG image that represents your veneer and SmartGcode will look up the required Feed Rate, Plunge Rate and Spindle RPM values for that material.
Users can specify up to five different tools and SmartGcode will select the proper tools, appropriate for the selected shapes based on the job type and the characteristics of each shape to be cut or carved.
SmartGcode contains a material database of 140 wood species. These materials can be edited and new materials can be added. Each material has its own CNC settings required to efficiently cut or carve that material and are automatically looked up when an image is selected.
Once a material is cut, SmartGcode updates the cut areas to contain the cutouts. This allows users to avoid the cutout areas when the material is reused.
Toolpaths can be offseted by a user configurable amount to achieve perfect fit.
Before generating toolpaths, SmartGcode detects and warns user if the chosen tools do not fit into the shape's tight corner.
A single G-Code file can be created for different materials of different thicknesses and cut in a single CNC session to significantly increase productivity.
When a selection of toolpaths require more than one tool and the CNC router supports tool change, SmartGcode will generate a single G-Code file to contain different tools. Otherwise, one G-Code file will be generated for each tool.
Vector shapes can be automatically mirrored before toolpaths are generated. This allows cutting of shapes on the negative side of the material.
A selection of toolpaths can be excluded from the G-Code file, simply by hiding them.
Toolpaths can be moved and/or rotated after they have been created.
ImagePaint uses an interpolation algorithm to calculate the Material Dependant Tool Parameters for new and existing tools. Interpolation is a method of calculating a value pair, based on two or more known value pairs. A value pair contains the tool diameter and one of the CNC parameter such as Spindle RPM, Pass Depth, Feed Rate or Plunge Rate.
The Laser panel contains a material database that user can edit and add new materials to its factory default database, which currently consists of 140 different wood species.
To achieve a perfect cut with a laser, each sheet of material, from the same family, requires different laser power and speed settings. These settings can be saved and recalled using the "Laser" panel. The material database contains 140 different wood species, each with its own set of laser power, speed and frequency required to just cut through the material.
To achieve a perfect fit, the width of laser cut or kerf needs to be compensated when ImagePaint generates the toolpaths. This width is user configurable via the "Laser" panel. This feature enables the support of different laser models and from different laser manufactures. Note: This setting can be used for any CNCs and any hand and power tools.
ImagePaint places the toolpaths it generates on a Production artboard. The size of the Production artboard is user configurable via the "Laser" panel. This feature enables the support of any laser machine sizes. Note: These settings can be used to specify the size of other CNC machines or printers.
Once the toolpaths have been generated, the user can instruct ImagePaint to automatically update an image to contain the cutouts. This feature gives users the ability to accurately avoid the cutout areas when a sheet of material is reused.
The process of selecting appropriate materials for a design is quick and simple, since all materials can be viewed at the same time on the computer screen. This significantly reduces the labor cost involved in material selection.
The user can generate toolpaths from the finished digital design quickly and effortlessly.
One or more shapes in the design can be quickly painted with an image using the Image Palette or the Image Picker Tool.
Once shapes are painted with a chosen material, their positions on that material can be quickly positioned to accurately capture the material's visual attributes (colors, tones and textures) inside the shapes' boundary. This enables the creation of high quality image based artworks, where the natural shadows, highlights and textures of the material are accurately placed in each shape to add depth and natural shading to objects.
Before committing the design to production, the Verification Interface detects and displays potential design errors that can be costly during the production stage.
Various statistics on the design such as Total Material Area, Total Number of Shapes and Total Linear Cut Length are automatically calculated and displayed at any point in the design stage. These statistics can be used in a custom equation to estimate material and labor cost of a product.
The finished digital design can be exported as an image and sent to the customer for approval and price negotiation. This is critical for getting customer satisfaction even before the design is produced.
ImagePaint CNCs Pro supports Adobe Illustrator CS6 and CC under Windows OS.
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The Quick Start Kit Folder contains instructions and four 8.5x11 inch wood veneer prints on thick glossy paper. You can use these wood veneer prints and a laser to design, cut and assemble a sample artwork called Tropical Fishes Sample.ai included in the software download.